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What are you, Poland? Who are you, Poles? Polemics and perspective for the future.
What are you, Poland? Who are you, Poles? Polemics and perspective for the future.

Superposition of the Forum’s layers
Superposition of the Forum’s layers

Masterplan
Masterplan

River of Tears
River of Tears

the forest
the forest

the mirror of the Polish soul
the mirror of the Polish soul

Glimpse of the garden
Glimpse of the garden





PROJECTINDEX
 
THE GARDEN OF TEARS
Wageningen Universiteit en Researchcentrum
LANDSCAPE DESIGN

In Warsaw, our troubled society has reached a peak exemplary of this 21st century of contradictions, where contrasts like past and future or connection and disconnection to tradition coexist. The Garden of Tears presents a design for a Forum for Polish sorrows, traumas and complexes, as a mirror of contemporary Polish society.
It creates an image where fantasy and reality intertwine, an image of what we see, what we imagine and what we remember. Taking the form of an urban park in the post-Soviet city core of Warsaw, the Forum seeks to create a better understanding of this traumatic period crucial to Polish identity and channel the emotions it evokes. The Warsaw Forum reveals layers of history enabling us to deal with and eventually overcome the traumatic experiences. The park acts as a mirror of Polish society, using national symbols as a form of remembrance and self-reflection. It evokes Polish national characteristics which become anchors for the design. Among these are a strong affiliation with Catholicism and evocations of the Polish landscape including illusions of a forest, a river and agriculture. The Forum can therefore be regarded as a contemporary monastery, a hortus conclusus. The idea of the nation is represented in an abstract way, leaving plenty of room for the spectator’s imagination. Some parts of the trauma can be regarded as ironic, some as bitter and others, such as the contradiction between modernity and the values of rural society and the church, as provocation. All these unusual components interact to highlight an honest and authentic representation of the Polish nation, so that The Garden of Tears becomes a powerful symbol of today’s troubled Polish society.